New Photoshop features in the Cloud

adobe photoshop cloud


I haven’t even tried all the features in the last version, and now there’s more — but the latest features are only available to subscribers: Adobe Systems says its new Photoshop CS6 capabilities available to Creative Cloud members include smart object support for blur gallery and liquify, 3D enhancements including improved live previews of shadow effects, and support for Retina displays on Apple’s MacBook Pro.

Also, the new “Creative Cloud for Teams” makes it easy for creative professionals to collaborate with colleagues, with easy management of virtual workgroups, and 100GB of cloud storage per user.

Adobe Creative Cloud membership for individuals is $50 per month; Creative Cloud for teams is $70.

Altering images in ancient ages

"Man Juggling His Own Head," ca. 1880.


“Man Juggling His Own Head,” ca. 1880.

Last night I watched an episode of the BBC’s 1980’s Sherlock Holmes series in which an 1880’s European king’s reign was threatened by one incriminating photographic print.

“I guess a picture was evidence enough, before Photoshop,” my girlfriend said. “Actually, forged photos came soon after truthful ones,” I replied (although perhaps not quite that eloquently)… And the very next morning, I see  PBS proving the point, with an article on an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York showing how photographers “regularly employed techniques of manipulation in their work…long before the digital era.”

Today, the article notes, “just about every photograph we encounter, whether it’s on a computer screen or in a magazine or on a billboard, has been retouched or manipulated digitally in some way….Photoshop has dramatically changed the way we use the medium of photography. Or has it?”

Read the full article to learn more, and see collection of altered images through the ages.



“Man Juggling His Own Head,” ca. 1880.


Adobe updates Photoshop Touch

Adobe Photoshop Touch


Adobe has added Retina display support and higher-resolution image capabilities (up to 12 megapixels) to its Photoshop Touch app.

Photoshop Touch 1.3 offers core Photoshop features in an app specifically designed for iPad and Android tablets, the company says, and creates layered images, edits images, and applies effects.

New effects in v 1.3 include Shred and Colorize. The update is a free update for existing customers on the iTunes App Store or on Google Play; Photoshop Touch is $10 for new users.

Photoshop Lightroom now available in Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Inc. said Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 software is now available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud membership. A new membership-based offering centered around the company’s design, Web, video and digital imaging tools, Adobe Creative Cloud is a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work.

“Over the next few months we’ll continue to add new products and services, keeping Creative Cloud members up to date with the latest advancements in Adobe software and services,” the company said.

Adobe Touch provides Photoshop features on iPad

Adobe Touch

Adobe announced the availability of its Photoshop Touch for iPad, the app that debuted on Android tablets late last year.

The $10 Photoshop Touch can combine multiple photos into layered images, make edits, and apply effects. Touch capabilities empower tools such as the Scribble Selection tool which extracts objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep and, then, what to remove, Adobe says.

The app runs on the iPad 2 [not the first model] running on iOS5. iPad versions of the other Adobe Touch Apps, Collage, Debut, Ideas, Kuler, and Proto, should be released later this year.

More information is here.


Adobe announces Photoshop Touch apps for iPad

New from Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif., are Adobe Photoshop Touch apps – Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav – for Apple iPad in the Apple App Store. These three apps from Adobe were developed using the Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK) to demonstrate the potential for new interaction between Photoshop and tablet devices.

Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop, Adobe Eazel for Photoshop and Adobe Nav for Photoshop enable users to create custom color swatches, paint directly onscreen and drive Photoshop tools from tablet devices. These applications take advantage of the iPad’s touch screen and expand upon Adobe’s mobile and tablet market offerings Photoshop Express, Adobe Ideas and Adobe Connect Mobile.

Photoshop is a part of the recently announced Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product family, enabling designers and developers to create for popular and emerging smartphone and tablet platforms. Current Photoshop CS5 owners can download a free update to enable new interaction between Photoshop and tablet devices.

Adobe “Touch” controls Photoshop via iPad

Work with Photoshop via iPad.

“Uniting the fun and interactive experience of touch devices with the power and precision of Photoshop,” Adobe Systems will offer three “companion” apps that run on Apple’s iPad to paint, mix colors, or manipulate Photoshop tools from the tablet.

Work with Photoshop via iPad.

Color Lava lets Photoshop CS5 users mix colors with their fingertips on the iPad, “creating custom color swatches and themes to transfer back into Photoshop.” Adobe Eazel lets artists create paintings that are sent directly to Photoshop CS5. Adobe Nav increases workflow efficiency by letting users select and control Photoshop tools using the iPad as the input surface, customize the toolbar, browse and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop files, or create new files.

Color Lava, Eazel, and Nav will be available in early May for $2–5.

The apps were created with the Photoshop Touch software development kit, with which Adobe hopes to encourage other developers to program mobile and tablet applications interacting with Photoshop CS5. Adobe says it has “already engaged with a number of developers across the industry to incorporate tablets and other devices into creative workflows that empower Photoshop users in new and groundbreaking ways.”

The Adobe Photoshop Touch SDK is free here.



Build custom Facebook pages with Photoshop Plug-In


Media Lab Inc., Logan, Utah, announced the SiteGrinder 3 platform, a way of converting pages designed with Photoshop to Facebook iFrame Fan Pages is easy with the SiteGrinder 3 platform. On March 11, 2011, Facebook will switch all Fan Pages over to its new format, and users will no longer be able to use Facebook Markup Language (FMBL) to create custom tabs on their fan pages.

The Media Lab SiteGrinder 3 platform automatically converts pages from Photoshop to Facebook fan pages making them interactive enhancing the Facebook user’s web experience, the company says. SiteGrinder 3 converts page designs from Photoshop to Facebook fan pages with elements such as customized CSS text, web-optimized images, interactive buttons and menus, drop shadows, rounded corners, transparency, CSS animation and more. The iFrame-base Facebook Fan Pages can be customized with standard HTML, CSS, Javascript, and even PHP.

March dates for Canadian Photoshop seminars

Guy Cowan

Guy Cowan

PMA Canada is cooperating with Guy Cowan to bring the Irish Photoshop specialist’s two-day seminars to Canada next month. Cowan travels worldwide demonstrating his retouching and post-production techniques.

PMA has organized a discounted day rate for members of $120 for each full day seminar. For more information go here.

Cowan started his career in the print/scanning industry and is recognised worldwide as a leading authority on digital retouching, amassing a wealth of experience during his 25 years working in the creative industry. His logical, unique approach and relaxed style of delivery is tickled by a wicked sense of humor to make the learning experience memorable and highly enjoyable.

The Canadian dates: March 14-15, Vancouver, British Columbia; March 17-18, Toronto, Ontario; March 21-22, Montreal, Quebec.

The first day’s seminar, Processing Workflow, will demonstrate post production workflow and action, enabling adjustment and editing images, including RAW files, with speed and accuracy. Cowan’s workflow will save time from the mindless repetition of the conventional post-production manipulation process.

The second day’s seminar, Creative Retouching, will see Cowan deliver an understanding of how to radically improve everything you do with Photoshop, and teach how to retouch in a truly intuitive, creative, non-destructive manner.

Athentech adds Photoshop plug-in

Athentech Imaging Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, developer of automatic image correction solutions, has announced a Windows version of a Photoshop plug-in of its Perfectly Clear image correction technology. The application lets users instantly access Athentech Imaging’s image corrections within their existing Photoshop workflow – including efficient batch processing.

Perfectly Clear Photoshop Plug-in delivers one-click photo correction automatically, and works on both 8 bit and 16 bit images.

The plug-in displays “before” and “after” versions of photos being processed, so the user can determine whether to fine tune any of them. The application features separate controls for exposure, color accuracy, sharpness – a dozen independent patented corrections. This means adjusting exposure won’t affect photo vibrancy, or adjusting sharpness won’t affect color. The user can select presets that apply automatically, or create customized settings.

A Mac version is slated to be available by the end of November, the company says.